Massachusetts Addresses Judicial Difficulties Raised by the Declaration of Independence [Manuscript]. [Massachusetts]. [General Court]. [American Revolution]. In Council. August 30th, 1776. Whereas by Reason of the Difficulty, Raised by the Wicked Designs of the Enemys of Our Liberty, An Interruption Took Place in the Administration of Civil Distributive Justice Throughout the Colony... Single leaf folded to from 11-1/2" x 7-1/4" bifolium. Light browning and edgewear, split neatly into two leaves, three horizontal fold lines, most with partial splits. Content in neat hand to recto and verso of first leaf, manuscript docketed on verso of second. $2,500. * Signed and attested by John Avery, Secretary. Written six weeks after the Declaration of Independence, this resolve of the Massachusetts House of Representatives concerns the disposition of civil suits now that the Revolution was officially underway. It explains in detail the means for handling civil suits interrupted by the removal of court officers. The text continues (from above): "...and whereas by an Act of the General Court removing all Officers from their respective offices, many Civil Suits which had been commenced and were actually entered on the Docquet or Books of Entry of the Inferior Courts of common pleas, in several Counties within this Colony have not been prosecuted to final judgment, and much Injury will happen if an adequate remedy is not provided in that behalf; It is Resolved that all Civil Actions that were pending in any Inferior Court of Common please in any County within this Colony, by having the same entered on the Docquet of Minute Book of said Court, and on which judgment have not been given, may be brought forward at the next term of the said County in which the same was entered..."
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